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night. >>> and good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us today. voter frustration over money woes is boiling over. and some americans had a chance to tell the president exactly how they feel. >> that concern comes at the same time as some surprising news about the recession. emily schmidt has more on that from washington this morning. good morning, emily. >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning to you. a group of economists now says the recession is over. that it ended last summer, act six months after president obama took office. now, as we approach midterm elections, the president is working to convince voters the economy is still headed in the right direction. the recession is over. the national bureau of economic research declared monday, saying the longest downturn since the great depression actually ended in june 2009. but many americans say seeing is believing. and they don't believe just yet. >> is the american dream dead for me? >> i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you. defending your administration. >> reporter: president obama faced frustrated and worried
we are glad you are joining us at 5:00 on this wednesday morning, i am alison starling. . >> i am pamela brown. we begin with traffic and weather. first, a meteorologist at caskey. >> today will be a lot like the past couple days, high pressure system in place. sunny and hot, but not oppressively humid. hurricane earl is a category 3, downgraded. it will have little to no impact on our local weather this friday and into the weekend. on the beaches there could be some impact mainly with the higher service and dangerous wind conditions. first, a lot of sunshine today, 95 degrees. starting out in the '60s in the suburbs, 76 downtown. >>> we are in great shape. 95 in and of baltimore, construction should be gone on the beltway, 66. noel loureece on 66 outside the beltway. heading south to richmond between fredericksburg and richmond after the thornburgh exit, yesterday's bill was an accident with a truck that went off the road. it was loaded with tyres and the tires caught on fire. there brushfires and the right lane is still blocked. back to you. >> thank you. >>> our top story this
. >> this morning, we have some breaking news. the u.s. has launched a massive new offensive in southern afghanistan. 8,000 troops are trying to drive out insurgents from a key, taliban stronghold. our reporter is on the front line. >>> flood zone. as heavy rain and cresting rivers flood entire neighborhoods. and more rain is forecast for today. >>> manhunt, three suspects on the run, after a brazen, bizarre bank robbery. they kidnapped a bank teller the night before, strapped a bomb to him. and then, had him bring out the money. we'll have the latest. >>> and free again. a judge sends lindsay lohan back to jail for another month. then, another judge sets her free on bail. she is back out this morning. but will she end up back behind bars? >>> and we're very happy to have ashleigh banfield with us this morning. you are here, because the person who normally sits here is off for a very good reason. bianna golodryga, getting married today. >> what a great day. best wishes from everybody here to bianna. we remember it well, don't we? >> yes. >> some of us more recently than others. >> just one year ago,
of transportation calls it a distracted driving epidemic. >> everybody thinks they can use their cell phone and drive and drive safely, and you can't. >> reporter: new government numbers show distracted driving last year killed nearly 5,500 people. and injured nearly 500,000. the grim toll despite hard-hitting public service announcements. tough new state laws. what will it take to make a dent? russell and kimberly hurd have been asking that since their daughter heather died while driving to meet her wedding planner. >> we were very, very angry. we could not believe our daughter could be taken from us by somebody who was texting. >> reporter: they say what's needed is a change in attitude. >> we want you to turn the cell phone off. we're living proof that in three or four seconds, your entire life can change. and certainly we'll never be the same again. >> reporter: the hurds say distracted driving must become as unacceptable as drunk driving. they have also pushed for tough laws, bans on texting and cell phones while driving. but they say ultimately, they hope stories like theirs will caus
to clarify, because you ted -- did tell us there was a pop sound. do you believe that might have been the actual gun shot from police or the subsequent explosion? >> i think it was a gun shot. that is what it sounded like timmie. i was not entirely tuned in, but it caught my attention. others heard it as well. some folks -- it took place outside. almost immediately afterward there was an increase of attention paid by some security folks downtown business district employees who have radios. one of them heard from a colleague that there was a body on the ground. he described it as a person on the ground. >> what appears to me is whether or not any of the hostages came out with this suspect. >> we don't know anything about that. three hostages, but the police chief said there were no injuries. we don't know whether they stayed in or out, but they were not hit by police fire or anything else the hostages are just fine. i am looking past the camera there is an ambulance coming by may. are they directing it down the road? there is a montgomery county ambulance -- now they are holding it. it
. nine u.s. soldiers have been killed. let's go to miguel marquez in afghanistan with the latest. miguel? >> reporter: in addition, to the nine soldiers killed, one u.s. soldiered injured, one afghan death, as well. it's just north of where i am, in kandahar province. it happened in zabul province, a mountainous region. troops are coming here every day by the hundreds or thousands. the last time the u.s. suffered this bad a crash was back in 2006, when a chinook went down. we're not entirely certain what type of chopper this was. the taliban has claimed credit. but u.s. officials here say there's no credible claim of enemy fire in that region. and they still don't know what brought the chopper down. often, the taliban takes credit for these things just to do it. this is part of an overall effort here in kandahar and across the country. the surge of troops that president obama ordered are in-country. and they are moving into the final phase of that surge, getting ready, getting into the hottest of the offensive operations. but they will be conducting. it is likely that we're going to see
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efforts. we have coverage all up and down the coast this morning. and, of course, sam starts us off from the north carolina coast in atlantic beach, where everyone is on high alert. good morning, sam. >> good morning, robin. the waters are chopping up this morning because earl is about 350 miles away from where we're standing right now. as george said, bigger and stronger than it ever was. at 145 miles per hour, this storm is just ten miles away. 10-mile-per-hour change in the winds, from a rare category 5 hurricane. here's the latest track on earl. here's what is expected this storm will do over the next two or three days. that is move along the carolina coastline, with hurricane-force winds to be felt here. to continue to curve up the shoreline, with hurricane-force winds to be felt near cape cod. and all the way along, we'll see waves in the 12 to 16-foot category. earl may have been a storm that was difficult to get everyone's attention with. but now, it's a storm that demands attention. >> this eye looks about 25 miles wide. >> reporter: it's an exclusive view of the eye of earl. fr
square were lucky shahzad was incompetent. used the wrong bomb making material and faulty detonators. today we learned he was to set off another bomb if he got away with the first one but don't know where. >> pierre thomas, thank you for reporting tonight. >>> we just got a fascinating new portrait of who we are in america, how we've changed our daily lives in this recession, everything from marriage to moving. numbers from the census bureau and stories behind them from sharon a sharyn alfonsi. >> reporter: the american dream of a home and family to fill it, just one of the casualties of the recession. the number of married couples, now at a record low. and more young people say they're now putting off marriage until they feel more financially secure. >> i put off my wedding because i was laid off twice in one year. >> reporter: setting off a chain reaction with far reaching implications. single people are less likely to buy homes, to have kids, to save. >> i think it may take many years for children and families to really recover from this. >> reporter: and remember a decade ago, wh
went wrong on april 20th and who's to blame for the worst spill in u.s. history and the deaths of 11 men. >> bringing this to a conclusion for the investigation to move forward for the families is a major, major thing for the memory of the 11 men. >> reporter: the busted blowout preventer, bop, is such a key piece of evidence that the fbi documented every step of its slow rise to the surface and the agents will remain with it even as it's hauled to an ultra-secure nasa installation. their forensics teams from a half dozen government agencies will scrutinize every inch of it. >> what they're going to be looking for is why this sort of last-ditch stopgap measure didn't work. >> reporter: five stories high, the bop was a series of valves and rams designed to slam shut in the event of a leak. the last line of defense. as we learned at the blowout prevention center at utah state university, this was not one failures. this was a critical part of the blowout preventer system. it should have worked first. there are seven other components 50 feet high. all of them failed. but there was
to intrude on the response, then you need to deal with it. they ended the worst oil spill in u.s. history. >> experts combined their knowledge and expertise. i do not believe that any single one entity could have responded alone. >> nearly 5 million bar. of oil gushed into the gulf of mexico. >> the oil spill was 50 times bigger than estimated. >> soldiers are facing charges, accused of for-forming a killed seen that murdered afghan civilians. five of the soldiers have been charged with premeditated murder they picked out an armed afghans at random. >> my limited involvement in the process -- >> alberto gonzales faced questioning today in a suit against the justice department. the lawsuit was filed by unsuccessful job applicants to the agency that say they deserve compensation because the service screened out employees for political reasons. >> president obama signed a new law today that allows a $30 billion fund for community banks to improve lending to small businesses. his critics say it might not be effective. a recent poll found that 91% of small-business owners say they do not need
of chicago. ♪ >> this week brought back memories of the day newt gingrich gave us his contract for america. today, he is occupied with dreams of being president of less than six weeks to go before the midterm election, house republicans revealed a new pledge to america which proposes to extend the bush tax cuts and shutting down the health care law. it involves pulling back on stimulus money and reducing the size of the federal government. what is new on this? >> nothing, it is a portable document which means it is dishonest. they say they will reduce deficits by cutting taxes. it just won't happen. most voters know it is dishonest and it is a document they don't believe in. >> i watched this unveiling as i watched the democrats and it just seems like noise at this point, meaningless noise. in this case it was orchestrated in order to have no ties and everyone sitting around trying to be something there were not and that is exactly what it looked like them up. as far as the november elections, this will not be a positive. it gets them off the party of being no and put something out there.
thing that caused us to do it. just a deep conviction from god that something has to happen. >> reporter: so he is praying. as are so many other people around the world. i'm terry moran in gainesville, florida. >> now more information's starting to come out about this guy. they said apparently he doesn't know any muslims personally and a lot of what he knows about the religion has come from youtube. a lot of question about who this guy is. >> countering extremism with extremism is what a lot of people are saying. it's interesting. in 2005 there was just a report out that some guards at guantanamo bay flushed a koran, and that incited deadly riots in afghanistan. when you later general david petraeus saying this could really hurt our armed men overseas, it is a worry. >>> coming up after the break, the results of a study on memory loss. >> who is osked more, men or women? you're watching "world n >>> in a new study that proves what women and myself have really known for years, that men are more forgetful. >> not surprised here. the study from the mayo clinic says as men age they are much
in his church. does it make use feel helpless? angry? >> well, it is frustrating. now, on the other hand, we are a government of laws. and so, we have to abide by those laws. and my understanding is that he can be cited for public burning. but that's the extent of the laws that we have available to us. part of this country's history is people doing destructive or offensive, harmful things. and yet, we still have to make sure that we're following the laws. and that's part of what i love about this country. >> you can see how sobering this is. >> sure. >> to the president. we've had general petraeus, hillary clinton, the president, all speaking out, trying to stop this. and you pointed out earlier, sarah palin, weighing in, as well. >> as often as has been said, just because you have the right to do something, doesn't mean you should do it. and the fbi is concerned about this. >>> let's bring in pierre thomas. he's been talking to the fbi overnight about this. >> reporter: you can add fbi officials to those who think the proposed burning of korans this weekend is provocative and potentiall
in the u.s. but is still expected to make 30 million bucks in this country alone. >> you have to also wonder there has been a ban in europe. they've already halted, you know, in terms of giving it to patients. you have to wonder if that affected some of the revenue because in europe they're saying it's not a good idea. >>> >>> ford has unveiled its newest air bag that is designed to reduce injuries caused by their deployment. the air bags are located in the steering wheel. they promise to reduce injuries like broken ribs. they're designed to pull away from the driver's chest while protecting both the head and the neck. the air bag will be featured in the new ford focus, which goes on sale early next week. >>> while saving many lives in accidents, of course air bags have had a long history of causing injuries. >> one concern in the past was the connection between air bags and children. for more now we go into the abc news vault from september the 6th, 1996. >> reporter: they are comforting images of safety in action. in slow motion pictures of crash tests the air bags appear to gently
ashley from kgo in san francisco. >> if you are just joining us live, you are joining our continuing coverage. i'm carolyn johnson with dan ashley. we've been covering this explosion in san bruno. since it happened just after 6:15 this evening. and here you see on the scene what it's been like for firefighters, for neighborhoods, for people in this area. it's just a massive ball of fire has impacted their neighborhood. >> and the heat. everyone talks about the heat that literally forced the flames forward and caught other structures on fire. this is if you look right behind you as we pan out. there you can see the main on fire right behind that house. one of theÑi first houses to go. and the photographer who shot this said by the time he left, that house you are looking at was completely gone. the pink house next to it was already burning and mostly gone. >> here's another vantage point from sky 7 hd. you can see this massive fireball in this neighborhood. this main that blew up was at glenview and earl and these are the surrounding homes. what's left of them. and this was just abou
. this is a huge clue that could tell us what caused america's worst environmental disaster. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: like some mangled creature raised from the deep this million-pound mass of steel could tell the story of what went wrong on april 20th and who is to blame for the worst spill in u.s. history and the deaths of 11 men. >> bringing this to a conclusion for the investigation to move forward for the families is a major, major thing for the memories of them 11 men. >> reporter: the busted blow-out preventer or b.o.p., is such a key piece of evidence that the fbi documented every step of its slow rise to the surface and agents will remain with it even as it's hauled to an ultra security nasa installation. forensic teams from a half dozen agencies will scrutinize every inch of it. >> what they'll be looking for is why the sort of last-ditch measure didn't work. >> reporter: five stories high, the b.o.p. was a series of valves and ramps designed to slam shut in the event of a leak, the last line of defense. but as we learned at the the blow-out prevention center this was not one
who pledged himself to the mafia at age 22 after his father, a nor or the use new york city crime boss, was sentenced to 50 years in prison. he devised a scheme that brought the family hundreds of millions of dollars but then came a woman, and a moment, that made him walk away. >> reporter: most wise guys quit the mob in one of two ways. witness relocation or a body bag. but michael franzes ze has managed to avoid both and still can show his face on the streets that he captained. >> some around here, too, in this section, too, but this was our town. this was us, so -- we had it wrapped up. >> reporter: this mobster turned minister has come back to brooklyn on a mission from god. to pay a jailhouse visit to his mafia boss father in an effort to save his soul from hell. and that would be no small feat. because sonny is a living legend. fbi wiretaps have captured this underboss ofbragging about the dozens of men he killed and bragging about his favorite ways to dispose of bodies. >> terrible. he wasn't indicted for that but terrible. >> reporter: so when you sit dow
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